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2015 SCV Water Quality Press Release

 Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Notice for Important Information About Your Drinking Water Quality From the Santa Clarita Valley of Water Suppliers (Click Here to View Full Press Release)


SCV Water Committee Approves Action Plan

 Tuesday, August 12, 2014
New watering limits and restrictions designed to comply with State mandate in effect (click here to view full press release)

CLWA Lawn Replacement Program

 Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Signal ran a story today highlighting CLWA's new Lawn Replacement Program. Click here to learn more.....


Governor Brown Declares Drought State of Emergency

 Monday, February 10, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014 - With California facing water shortfalls in the driest year in recorded state history, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today proclaimed a State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for these drought conditions. Download the full press release here.


SCV Water Committee Declares Alert - Activates Conservation Plan

 Monday, February 10, 2014

The Santa Clarita Valley Water Committee declared a local water supply alert on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 triggering a set of water conservation measures that are to be taken by residents and businesses in response to California’s critical drought conditions. Download full press release here.


College of the Canyons to Host "Green Up " Environment Literacy Conference

 Friday, September 13, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 Contact: Bruce Battle
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September 12, 2013

College of the Canyons to Host ‘Green Up’ Environmental Literacy Conference

                                           

Ever mindful of the positive role that a developed level of environmental literacy can have on a community, this fall College of the Canyons and the Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium (SCEEC) will host the first annual environmental leadership conference Green Up: Community Action and Education.

The Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium (SCEEC) is an initiative of College of the Canyons, which operates as a private-public partnership with a mission to promote environmental literacy throughout the Santa Clarita Valley.

It is dedicated to promoting sustainability awareness and practices both on campus and in the community by hosting events and activities that help teachers and learners in the Santa Clarita Valley become more involved with environmental issues.

The health of our environment is our common future, said Dr. Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine, COC instructor and vice chair of the SCEEC advisory board. “The SCEEC was established with a sole purpose to serve the Santa Clarita Valley by helping to foster a better environmental future for all.

Serving as the SCEEC’s signature community event, the ‘Green Up: Community Action and Education’ Conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, located on the college’s Valencia campus (University Center Drive entrance).

The SCV Family of Water Suppliers, which includes the Castaic Lake Water Agency, Newhall County Water District, Santa Clarita Water Division, and Valencia Water Company, is the title sponsor for this event.

The conference is open to the public and free to attend. The program of events will include an introduction from Dr. Jerry Buckley, COC Assistant Superintendent/Vice President of Instruction, and a keynote presentation from Dr. Geoffrey Chase, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the San Diego State University and Board Chair for Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

A highly respected topic expert and lecturer on issues related to sustainability in higher education, Dr. Chase joined Northern Arizona University in 1992 as the Director of English Composition.

While at NAU, he revamped the composition curriculum to give it an environmental focus, while also contributing to the establishment of the Ponderosa Project, aimed at helping faculty integrate issues of environmental sustainability into their courses.

The Ponderosa Project has since become a model faculty development project that has been introduced to faculty on more than 175 campuses in the United States and Canada.

In 2004 he co-edited the book “Sustainability on Campus: Stories and Strategies for Change.”

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Dr. Chase’s academic stature and expertise join us for our inaugural event,” said Cheng-Levine. “I encourage anyone interested in the unique relationship between academia and environmental responsibility to attend.”

In addition to a light breakfast, attendees of the keynote portion of the conference will receive a special voucher redeemable for either a ‘Bluebird box’ (which can be decorated and taken home as part of the SCEEC’s ongoing Western Bluebird Restoration project), or free sapling provided by the City of Santa Clarita.

Seating for this portion of the conference will be limited, with attendees asked to register in advance.

Additional panel presentations and breakout discussions to be held at the conference will focus on topics including:

  • Environmental technology
  • Green architecture and home design
  • Business and sustainability
  • Water conservation
  • Eco-friendly gardening
  • Renewable energy
  • Personal environmental responsibility and common best practices.

Attendees will also have opportunities to view an interactive green automotive technology display and a wildlife preservation demonstration by representatives from the Placerita Canyon Nature Center.

The event will also include a limited number of vendor booths and food trucks, with a variety of health conscious and/or sustainable items and products either on display or offered for sale.

As a precursor to the ‘Green Up’ conference, the COC Sustainability Center will host a panel presentation for students and community members interested in exploring one of the many existing or emerging ‘green’ industry professional career paths.

The ‘Careers in Green’ panel presentation will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the COC Applied Technology Education Center (ATEC), Quad 701, located on the college’s Canyon Country campus.

For more information about the Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium’s (SCEEC) first annual environmental leadership conference ‘Green Up: Community Action and Education’ or to register to attend please visit www.sceec.org or contact Jia-Yi Cheng-Levine at (661) 362-3188.


Kuo Helps Make Conservation Cool

 Wednesday, April 04, 2012

CalArts Student Creates Winning Entry in Water Suppliers’ Logo Competition

The challenge: Design a new logo for the Santa Clarita Valley Family of Water Suppliers, one that captures the values and mission of the organization, and, as one of the group’s leaders says, “makes conservation cool.”

Challenge accepted. And, met.

Melissa Kuo, a 19-year-old graphic design student at California Institute of the Arts, submitted the winning logo in the SCV Family of Water Suppliers’ contest that invited students from CalArts, College of the Canyons and The Master’s College to create a new logo for the “Family.”

“I always thought conservation was cool,” Kuo said at a March 1 reception at Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) headquarters in which the group honored her work and presented her with a giant check for the $2,500 prize. “I was actually in a conservation club in high school. At the time, conservation was just starting to get ‘cool,’ like the whole ‘go green’ movement.”

Kuo’s logo was one of more than 20 entries, and it’s now the official new logo of the SCV Family of Water Suppliers, a cooperative organization whose membership includes CLWA, Valencia Water Company, Santa Clarita Water Division, Newhall County Water District, Los Angeles County Waterworks Division No. 36, and the City of Santa Clarita.

The “Family” is committed to promoting efficient, sustainable water use in the SCV.

The logo Kuo created features an artfully drawn water drop, encircling the organization’s name as well as silhouettes representing figures holding hands, to symbolize family. Kuo also used the white space between the silhouettes to symbolize homes, another nod to the group’s family-oriented mission.

“The values of family, water and community — I broke those down into different words that I thought of, that related to those values,” Kuo said, adding it helped that one of her graphic design classes had just done a project on symbols and the use of “negative space,” the space around and between the subjects of a design.

Kuo was grateful for the recognition, and for the $2,500 prize, which will help ease the costs of her studies at CalArts. “This is really great encouragement,” she said.

“We’re thrilled that Melissa submitted her logo,” said Stephanie Anagnoson, Water Conservation

Program Coordinator for CLWA. “We were taken by how she managed to elegantly combine the idea of ‘family’ with water. We also want to emphasize the degree of local talent that was available to us at the college level. It was truly impressive.”

Jason La Riva, Landscape Management District Specialist for the City of Santa Clarita, said Kuo captured the essence of what the group hopes to communicate through the new logo.

“When you look at the new logo Melissa has provided us, you can see instantly what we are reaching for,” La Riva said. “It’s opening doors and forging relationships. It helps let the community know that these organizations are all engaged with each other and looking forward to working with each other in the future.”

Cathy Z. Hollomon, Associate Water Resources Planner for CLWA’s Santa Clarita Water Division, said seeking ideas from local college students was the right way to go.

“We were looking for ‘pop,’” Hollomon said. “The whole point was to create something catchy. Considering the quality of the entries, I’m just really happy that we put it towards our young talent and that we tapped into our local resources, Master’s, COC and CalArts. It was the right thing to do.”

Robert McLaughlan, Customer Service and Water Efficiency Coordinator for the Newhall County Water District, said Kuo’s logo is more than just a contest winner: It’s going to get serious use in real-world outreach efforts as the water suppliers strive to meet the state’s goal of reducing per capita water consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020.

“I’ve already put the logo on material and I am uploading it to the website today,” McLaughlan said. “One of the things I really liked about Melissa’s logo is that it can stand alone. We won’t even have to say who it is. Once we start branding, this logo can stand alone — you can take the family out of it and when people see it they’ll say, ‘Oh, that’s the family.’”

Matt Dickens, Resource Conservation Manager for Valencia Water Company, said the shared values of community and family drive the Family of Water Suppliers’ efforts. “I think Melissa’s work was a real creative way, through symbols and pictures, to identify the community we are trying to create among the SCV Family of Water Suppliers as well as other participating members,” he said.

“When I saw the logo what I immediately thought was that water is essential not just to our ‘family,’ but to families in general,” Dickens said. “The idea that water is essential to community, to sustainability, is said right there. Water is imperative to the success and the sustainability of our community, and we are in this together. We’re all in this fishbowl together.”


CLWA, Retailers Offering $200 Rebates on High Efficiency Washers

 Wednesday, April 04, 2012

New Rebate Program Designed to Help Customers Save Water, Save Money

 

It’s the second highest water user inside your home, and an absolute necessity: The washing machine.

Everyone uses them, and they use a lot of water. But, advancing technology and some good old-fashioned ingenuity have created a new breed of highly efficient washing machines that sip water and run on just a dribble of electricity. Now, the Castaic Lake Water Agency and local water retailers are here to help you get one.

Starting March 1, CLWA, in cooperation with Valencia Water Co., the Newhall County Water District and the Santa Clarita Water Division, will offer $200 rebates toward the purchase of high efficiency washers that will help residents use water more efficiently and reduce water bills, in homes and businesses alike.

“It’s a wonderful offering to our customers to help save water,” said Cathy Z. Hollomon, Associate Water Resources Planner for CLWA’s Santa Clarita Water Division. “Washing machines are the second highest user of water inside the home, second only to toilets.”

The agencies have created a “frequently asked questions” list along with a list of qualifying machines, which must have a water factor of 4.0 or less. Water officials even did a little advance shopping for residents, highlighting machines on the list that are known to be available locally.

“It’s very important that it’s a water factor of 4.0 or less,” Hollomon said. “They can come by our office and pick up the list, or they can get online and download the list.”

Matt Dickens, Resource Conservation Manager for Valencia Water Co., said the water factor is derived from a simple formula: the number of gallons a machine uses, divided by the cubic feet of laundry it accommodates.

“So, the lower the water factor is, the more efficient the machine is,” Dickens said. “Generally, it’s about a 50 percent reduction in consumption. We’re looking at a high end of machines using about 13,000 gallons a year, so if we can cut that in half — for folks out there who have real old machines, this could be a huge savings.”

Dickens added there are side benefits, too, such as reduced consumption of energy and natural gas. They do it, he said, with a solution that’s ironically simple.

“Instead of having a bucket that you fill with water, you turn the bucket on its side, and you roll the clothes through the water,” Dickens said. “You get that saturation of clothes with a lot less water, without having to fill up that bucket. It’s one of those simple solutions that kind of makes the conservation world an exciting place to work — it’s a neat and simple improvement to a product that all of us use.”

Robert McLaughlan, Customer Service and Water Efficiency Coordinator for the Newhall County Water District, speaks from experience and can attest that not only are the high efficiency machines more efficient, but also that they do the job they are supposed to do: getting clothes clean.

“Who wants to buy a machine if it’s not going to get their clothes as clean as the machine they already have?” said McLaughlan, who purchased a high efficiency machine for his own home a few years ago. “Overall I’ve noticed the clothes do seem to get cleaner using the high efficiency machines. We want people to be able to use the technology that’s out there, and save the water and save the electricity, and be able to get their clothes cleaner.”

He added that there are learning curves with using high efficiency machines. For example, they will need less detergent, but it’s best to use a high efficiency detergent, and also it helps to leave the door open when the machine is not in use — the doors form a very tight seal, and leaving them open allows the machine to dry out.

 “We’re running this as a pilot program until the end of June to assess interest. We assume interest will be strong and it will continue into the next fiscal year,” said Stephanie Anagnoson, Water Conservation Program Coordinator for CLWA. She said the rebate program follows in the footsteps of the agencies’ highly successful toilet rebate program, which is still available for homes built before 1993 and offers $80 rebates toward the purchase of high efficiency toilets.

“In terms of indoor water conservation, the two major ways that you can improve your water use are to swap out your toilet for a high efficiency one and swap out your washing machine for a high efficiency one,” Anagnoson said, adding the rebate may help people to decide to replace aging, inefficient machines sooner. “I think for most people you replace it when the old one is about to break or making a terrible noise.

She added that users other than single-family home owners shouldn’t overlook the rebate: “We can actually increase the amount of water savings that we estimate with machines installed in multi-family homes or Laundromats, or even hotels and motels, because of course they are doing a lot more laundry so they can save a lot more water.”

 

 

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